Cars Can Be Nice

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:45 am

Concrete wrote:I've finally committed to buying a car, and after all my talk of getting something bigger because of all the motorway driving I do, I ended up with something only inches bigger than my Corsa, albeit with a bigger engine. So, it's a VW Polo 1.4SE, which is a reasonably gadgety version, 12,000 miles/3 years old. I figured I'm not going to get a much better car for £5000 and the process of searching was getting to me so I just decided at lunchtime today that enough was enough and I would have a new car this week.
Ooh you done well Andrew. Yeah, £5 grand, with 12,000 miles on the clock, and it's reassuringly sturdy being German and all. Not a bad deal that one. Hope it's good for you.

In my car news, I think I better take mine for a service as soon as next payday comes round.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Concrete » Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:59 pm

I've had the aforementioned Polo a couple of days now, and like it a lot. It feels pretty sturdy on the road and it's much better on motorways, and it has all kinds of gadgets like heated wing mirrors (I didn't know such things existed). But actually the best thing about it is that the radio does that thing where it locks onto a station and retunes where necessary, so I've not had to retune Radio 4 once even though you need 3 different frequencies between here and Chippenham. I'm easily pleased. If they could only add a feature where it mutes the radio every time they start reading out an "amusing" e-mail from a listener, it would be perfect. The dealership has annoyed me immensely, but I can't blame that on the car really. A bloke from work bought my Corsa off me in the end, which is good. I hope he doesn't get stranded in it soon when it cuts out randomly.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:01 pm

I bought a car today to replace my written off Peugeot 205... it's a 97 Honda Civic with 65,000 on the clock.

It seemed good on the test drive, apparently those things run forever if well looked after, so hopefully it should last me the couple of years I need it to. Fingers crossed anyway.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Concrete » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:24 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:I bought a car today to replace my written off Peugeot 205... it's a 97 Honda Civic with 65,000 on the clock.

It seemed good on the test drive, apparently those things run forever if well looked after, so hopefully it should last me the couple of years I need it to. Fingers crossed anyway.
I'd put money on it if I were a betting man. Honda have had the best reputation for reliability of any company in the world for years, despite them being built in Swindon. 65,000 miles isn't even middle-aged for a Honda and I've never met a Honda owner who wasn't satisfied to the point of smugness with their car. Is it the little hatchback you've got or the one that looks like a Rover 400?

My Polo's still great. My mother, who owns about three quarters of it currently, will finally get to see it tomorrow. I'm sure she'll approve of my choice.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:28 pm

If I'd found the right little polo out there I would totally have gone for it... but yeah, bearing in mind what people say about Hondas it seemed a good idea.

It's the one like the Rover 400... it doesn't look like a hatchback, but it is. I's quite a bit bigger than what I'm used to, but I'm sure it'll be okay.

I almost got a Lupo on 40,000 miles, but then I didn't.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by nanski » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:40 am

so... i've been commuting for about 3 weeks now, and I can't say I like driving. it's all stop-and-go nonsense and idiot drivers in Okinawa. though instead of getting angry now i just kinda roll with it. the only up-side is plugging my iPod in and listening to music.

i think what i need is a bobblehead to keep me entertained.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by squirrelboutique » Mon May 11, 2009 10:07 pm

I've been putting off buying a new car forever, but I've now reached my spending limit for repairs on my current clunker.

I'm picking this little cutie up tomorrow.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Tue May 12, 2009 8:51 pm

Here's my 'new' car, which is currently occupying all my free time. It's another 2cv, of course, and it had been standing on somebody's drive for 7 years. I got it for nowt, and am now doing it up. The engine started very easily considering its long sleep, and it runs and drives very nicely. It's now in bits though, as I am in the process of changing the chassis. Here are some pics: -

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The body's back on again now (though it'll be coming off again). I need to put the engine and gearbox back in, and then in a few weeks it's going off to a mate's for some welding on the body. After that, I'll tidy up the panels, bumpers and wheels, and get it back on the road:-)
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue May 12, 2009 8:56 pm

I like the shape of the bonnet on the light blue one parked directly in front of the garage... what sort is that one?

How many do you have now?

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Tue May 12, 2009 9:02 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:I like the shape of the bonnet on the light blue one parked directly in front of the garage... what sort is that one?

How many do you have now?
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I've got four now (the Dyane, and the blue 2cv next to it in that pic, the red one, and the Mehari, which is the green jeep-type thing that can just be seen in one of the pics - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_M%C3%A9hari). The light blue 2cv and the green and white one in the garage belong to my Dad.
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue May 12, 2009 9:42 pm

Nice, and what's the four-by-fourish one in the top picture.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Concrete » Tue May 12, 2009 9:46 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:Nice, and what's the four-by-fourish one in the top picture.
I think he just said it was a Mehari.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue May 12, 2009 9:53 pm

Ahhhh, so he did... I was trying to avoid the word jeep too, in case that was not the thing to say.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Sylvie » Tue May 12, 2009 9:57 pm

Jono Volpone wrote:Image
Does that top blue one have a pink roof? I can't help but think of Bonjour Charlie Brown!

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Jono Volpone » Tue May 12, 2009 10:02 pm

Sylvie wrote:
Jono Volpone wrote:Image
Does that top blue one have a pink roof? I can't help but think of Bonjour Charlie Brown!

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That roof is actually cream, although it does look a bit pink in the pic.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by Branwell 3.0 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:50 am

Oh, cars! I am torn between finally getting a car, which I really kind of desperately need, and making it to the age of 30 without one. I don't know why 30 is a relevant number here... maybe it just sounds better? "I got my first car at the age of 29" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

At the same time, if I had a car, I wouldn't have to rely on the Los Angeles bus system (not good) or my girlfriend (quite good, but not really a mode of transportation -- more of a girlfriend.)

Can I hold out until May for essentially silly reasons? Possibly!
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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by DoNotDisconnect » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:08 am

My car has gone in for its MOT today and I am certain it will fail.

I don't honestly think there's anything wrong with it, and the fact that I - a self-confessed not-all-that-good driver - can drive it without difficulty should by all rights mean that it's FINE, but it pretty much fails every year on lots of things that I've never heard of.

I'm not looking forwards to getting the phonecall from the garage (due any minute now) to tell me that my car is going to cost me several hundred pounds to repair in ways that I don't see as being necessary.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:29 pm

Ha ha, no, I still can't drive. It's for something I'm writing.

Imagine that week when students go back to university in the autumn and they're unloading all their things from their parents' cars. Which sorts of cars would be the best fit in terms of evoking that scene?

If it were a scene with younger kids, it'd be easy - you'd just pick one of those people carrier things. But that won't quite do here, will it?

And if this were 2001 I'd guess a Mondeo would do the job, but we've all moved on from the Mondeo.

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Re: Cars Can Be Nice

Post by This Is Helena » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:52 pm

Audi A4?

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